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Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Caucasus
(862 words)

This entry explores the conflictual relationship between the secular state, official religion, and so-called neo-traditionalists in the Caucasus, as well as the emerging tensions within the Muslim community between Sunnis and Shiʿis.


After 70 years of enforced atheism and isolation from the rest of the Muslim world, Soviet Muslims were left with a very low level of religious knowledge. Nevertheless, the end of the So…

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Bedford, Sofie, “Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00368a>
First published online: 2009

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